Friendship

The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to have true friends.

It can be so temping to want to know so many people, and have TONS of “friends”, but do those people truly know you? Do they truly care about you?

Friendships come and go, that’s just a part of life and growing up.

But I pray everyone is able to find a friend who stands by you no matter what. Whether it’s a painful season, distance, business, or even when things are going great. That person who still makes an effort to be in your life; that is a true friend.

A hard part about friendships and growing up; sometimes we have to walk away from toxic relationships.

Yikes. Not an easy thing to do.

I know, I’ve had to do it.

When someone we’re around us continually brings us down, sucks the life out of us, is abusive (mentally, emotionally, physically), or doesn’t allow us to be our best selves. As harsh as it may sound, you may need to cut that person off from having a say in your life.

I’ve had to cut toxic people out of my life; and I’m not going to tell you that it’s easy, because it’s not. In fact it was really hard. Sometimes I felt like a failure!

But now that I have, I can definitely say that I am a much healthier person because I walked away.

Be the person you wish was your friend.

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

-Proverbs 18:24

Living Life Surrendered to God

Wow. That is hard to do.

Giving up my wants and my dreams, to live my life not for myself, but in surrender to God.

It’s hard. Because I want things MY way, and His plan looks nothing like mine.

But the beauty of living your life surrendered to God is that; He knows the end result! He can make anything happen! He created me, and knows me better than I know myself!

So why would I not want to follow His plan?

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”

Psalm 37:5-7

Forgiveness leads to freedom!

Holding a grudge could actually make you physically sick, yikes!

When people hurt us, sometimes all we want to do is hurt them they way they’ve hurt us. We hold a grudge, and become bitter.

BUT THAT IS ONLY HURTING US!!

They may not know, or even care that they’ve hurt us. And we become angry and unhappy.

By forgiving that person, they way Christ forgave our offences; we can walk in freedom!

Sometimes we need to make the choice every day to forgive.

Sometimes we may need to confront or talk to that person.

Sometimes we need to forgive ourselves.

Christ forgave those [us] who killed Him, so I should be able to forgive someone who offended me.

Forgiveness doesn’t mean returning to an unhealthy or dangerous situation; sometimes we need to forgive someone, but also walk away.

“Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”

-Ephesians 4:32

Community

We are adopted into God’s family, what does that look like?

Good community starts with us.

When we love and serve those around us how we would want to be treated, it can change the atmosphere! It’s contagious.

We live in a culture that says it’s all about you, and helping yourself. But God’s culture is all about serving and helping others.

God has given us what we have so we may bless others.

This is God’s family; Romans 12:4-21 and Colossians 3:12-17. I want to be part of making these scriptures a reality.

“All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.”

-Acts 4:32